Obituary for Dorothy Steffens

Dorothy Ann Steffens was born April 18, 1939, to Burndette Gustafson Steffens and Oscar Steffens in Houston, Minnesota. Oscar was killed in a construction accident in 1940. Dorothy attended elementary school in Houston and Upper Looney Valley. She graduated from Houston High School in 1957. Following high school, she graduated from Winona State University in 1961. She also attended Mankato State to complete certification in Adaptive Physical Education. After graduation, she taught for three years in Kenyon, Minnesota. In 1964, she moved to Northfield, Minnesota, and she taught there for 33 years. Her area of expertise was Adaptive Physical Education. […]

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Dorothy Ann Steffens was born April 18, 1939, to Burndette Gustafson Steffens and Oscar Steffens in Houston, Minnesota. Oscar was killed in a construction accident in 1940. Dorothy attended elementary school in Houston and Upper Looney Valley. She graduated from Houston High School in 1957. Following high school, she graduated from Winona State University in 1961. She also attended Mankato State to complete certification in Adaptive Physical Education. After graduation, she taught for three years in Kenyon, Minnesota. In 1964, she moved to Northfield, Minnesota, and she taught there for 33 years. Her area of expertise was Adaptive Physical Education. Following retirement, she returned to the Northfield School District as an education assistant with special needs students. She remained in this position for 14 years. During her teaching career, Dorothy was active in the teachers union, holding offices at the local, uniserve and state levels. She attended eighteen national conventions.

Dorothy passed away on Saturday evening, September 16, 2017 at her home in Northfield, at the age of 78. She was preceded in death by her mother, Burndette Gustafson Steffens Carpenter, her father Oscar Steffens, stepfather William Carpenter, her sister Dava Jean Isenberg, her niece Gail Isenberg, and her nephews Jason and Justin Carpenter. She is survived by her sister Patricia (William) Erickson of Fredricksburg, VA; her brothers: Mike (Susan) Carpenter of Caledonia, MN, James (Joyce) Carpenter of Fairbanks, AK, Timothy (friend Jen) Carpenter of Houston, MN; long-time friend and companion Bonnie Austin; her nieces Tracy, Erin, Janae, Jeri, Autumn, and Danica; special adopted nephew Shane; many great nieces and nephews; and friends.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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6 Comments

  1. Hillary Graves, RN

    Steffens’ devotion and love for Bonnie was evident and clear. She was a strong defender of all she believed in and will be missed.

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  2. Lisa Stevens

    Dorothy’s devotion to Bonnie was honest and steadfast. Very remarkable. One should only be so lucky to have that in your lifetime. I will miss visiting with her at the Care Center. I’m so glad to have met her again as an adult.
    She was a wonderful person.
    RIP ‘Steph’

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  3. David Roberts

    Steffens will truly be missed not the same without her

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  4. Sandy Valek

    Steph was a kind, hard working lady with a heart of gold. RIP

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  5. Andrew Matson

    What a Northfield icon! My wife, Melanie and I both had her at Greenvale and remember her with fondness! A very genuine person. My Dad, Dick Matson really liked her, I think they got along pretty royally, which is a pretty good litmus test that she was pretty awesome! Our condolences to Bonnie.
    –Melanie and Andrew Matson

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  6. Karine Frauenkron Pruka

    Fly high with the Angels!
    R.I.P., dear friend!

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